The Tiger … Mystique?

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Why do we care about Tiger Woods any more? Truly. I mean, is he a likable guy who engages the fans or the media in the fashion of such legendary Golfing Engagers as John Daly, Lee Trevino or Arnold Palmer? Not even close. Does he look like he’s having a good time? Nah, he seems…
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Lawyers + insurers = a horrible truth serum

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“I may have hit your bumper.” That’s what the chicken-scratch note on the windshield of my now battered and bruised car stated. May have. May have? Are you kidding? Tell me: how does one not know that one was just in an accident? That’s like not knowing whether you’ve just had sex. It either happened…
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Your inner Boo Yah

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Boo yah! Cooler than the other side of the pillow. Just call him butter, ‘cuz he’s on a roll. All words, right? Just words. Well, no. Not really. For although yes they are obviously words, they also were — to me — inspiration, passion and humor. Rhetorical magic, really. They helped define a part of…
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For I have … sinned?

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Forgive me, Father, for I have sinned. Gravely. My last confession was about two years ago and these are my sins. Well, more accurately, this is my sin — singular. Trust me, it’s a big enough one to fill up an entire confession all on its own. I really don’t know where to begin. That’s…
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Our new normal

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“Congratulations, we’d like to extend you the job offer.” That’s what the subject line stated. And with that one sentence, my life — and the lives of my family — was forever changed. For, you see, I’ve accepted a new job in a part of the country I’d never visited: Seattle. Go west, not-so-young man,…
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Tell a vision

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“THIS SERVICE IS NO LONGER AVAILABLE TO THIS SUBSCRIBER.” There it was, in full high-def, and worse yet, CAPITALIZED text — just for tick-me-off emphasis. Cable television as I’d come to know it for virtually my entire life was now gone. I saw it disappear before my very eyes. Poof. And, I felt alone. Adrift….
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Goosebump tech

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I’ve just experienced technology in a radically new way. A way that could (and probably will) eventually change my life — and yours. And, the carnal beauty of it all is that this isn’t technology for technology’s sake. Rather, it’s technology for what technology is supposed to be: user friendly, engaging and intuitive — making…
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Change (is) the subject

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Sometimes change delicately wafts into our life in quiet ways like, say, a barely noticeable whisper. A soft breeze. A butterfly, even. Other times, though, it kicks in life’s front door with all the elegance and grace of Sam Kinison crashing a debutante’s ball. Welcome to my world. For, in a single, two-week period recently,…
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Dog Day Morning: A Tail of Remembrance

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It was a scream. The abrupt, violent, shake-you-to-your-spine kind of movie-scream. Only this time, it wasn’t the movies; it was real life. It was my wife. Instinct told me that Jacquie herself was okay but that something was wrong, gravely wrong. Instinct was right. It usually is. I exploded out of bed, flew down the…
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The irreverent resolution

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Lose weight? Meh. Get a different job? Not a priority. Take that vacation; learn Spanish; stop smoking? Can’t afford the Italian countryside cooking/wine tour just yet; ain’t interested, amigo; never smoked in the first place. All classic and worthy resolutions, these, but also yawn-inducing, clichéd and just not inspiring. They’re so last year and simply…
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